Neurons are cells that use a language of electrical impulses to communicate messages from the brain to the rest of the body. BrainGate™ can sense, transmit, analyze, and apply the language of neurons.
BrainGate™ offers a systems approach which applies the language of neurons in both short- and long-term settings. Our company holds the core intellectual property for the BrainGate™ system. The platform technology is based on the results of many years of research and development at premier academic institutions such as Brown University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia, Emory University, and the University of Utah.
BrainGate™ is a path to a better way of life for severely motor-impaired individuals. Through years of advanced research, BrainGate™ is at the forefront of enabling these people with the ability to communicate, interact, and function through thought.
BrainGate's mission is to further the advancement of this life-changing technology to help impaired individuals better communicate and interact. While our company does not run clinical trials or perform surgery on patients, a number of academic institutions are performing clinical trials across the United States and Europe for brain-computer interfaces. The BrainGate™ Neural Interface has been the subject of a clinical trial being conducted under an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) from the FDA with a small group of patients.
The system is designed to restore functionality for a limited, immobile group of severely motor-impaired individuals. It is expected that people using the BrainGate™system will employ a personal computer as the gateway to a range of self-directed activities. These activities may extend beyond typical computer functions (e.g., communication) to include the control of objects in the environment such as a telephone, a television, lights, and even a wheelchair.
BrainGate™ is based on technology to sense, transmit, analyze, and apply the language of neurons. BrainGate™ consists of a sensor that is implanted on the motor cortex of the brain and a device that analyzes brain signals. From a theoretical standpoint, the principle behind the BrainGate™ system is that with intact brain functionality, brain signals are generated even though they are not sent to the arms, hands, and legs. With BrainGate, the signals are interpreted and translated into cursor movements, offering the user an alternate "BrainGate Pathway™" to control a computer with thought, just as individuals who have the ability to move their hands use a mouse.
At a number of labs across the world, there is development underway on BrainGate™ and related neural interfaces to potentially provide limb movement to people with severe motor disabilities. The goal of this development program is to allow individuals to one day use their own arms and hands again. Limb movement developments are currently at the research stage.
In addition, research is underway to allow for robotic control, such as a thought-controlled wheelchair. In the future, the BrainGate™ system could be used by individuals whose injuries are less severe. Next generation products may be able to provide an individual with the ability to control devices that allow breathing, bladder, and bowel movements. Currently, the BrainGate™ Neural Interface System is an investigational device and our company is focused primarily on innovation and intellectual property development. However, a number of academic, governmental, and health institutions offer neural interfaces through clinical trials.